Ruto referred to Kibaki supporters as ‘witches’

October 29, 2013 2:20 pm
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The witness only identified as P0268, said that Ruto also reproached former President Daniel arap Moi for supporting Kibaki in addition to addressing a political rally where he said all Kikuyus were enemies/FILE
The witness only identified as P0268, said that Ruto also reproached former President Daniel arap Moi for supporting Kibaki in addition to addressing a political rally where he said all Kikuyus were enemies/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – The sixth International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecution witness has told the court that Deputy President William Ruto referred to supporters of former President Mwai Kibaki in 2007 as witches.

The witness only identified as P0268, said that Ruto also reproached former President Daniel arap Moi for supporting Kibaki in addition to addressing a political rally where he said all Kikuyus were enemies.

“I can’t remember everything but of course I remember that when he (Ruto) spoke in Kalenjin, he chided Moi for supporting Kibaki and I remember he said something to the effect that Kikuyus are enemies and whoever supports Kibaki is a witch,” narrated the witness on Tuesday.

He also said that the rally was led by the top Orange Democratic Movement luminaries and that it was also being broadcast live on Kass FM.

The witness added that there were several journalists covering the rally because it had been largely publicised.

“You say that rally was aired on Kass FM. How do you know?” asked prosecution lawyer Lucio Garcia.

“Because I could hear some radios as I was going to the stadium,” he responded.

The witness had during the morning session responded to the bulk of his questions with “I can’t recall” before changing tack after a private session which was shortly followed by a tea break.

During the morning session, the witness said that he could not remember whether or not former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi made a speech during the rally.

However after the tea break, he said that Mudavadi spoke and that his speech centred on ODM policy issues.

“You said that the speeches would end with the luminaries. In this case who was the last to give a speech?” asked Garcia.

“It was Mudavadi and then Ruto,” he responded.

“Do you remember what Mudavadi could have stated?” asked the lawyer.

“I can’t recall but it was basically policy speech,” said the witness.

The morning session also saw the witness get into trouble with Trial Chamber V(a) Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji warning him against evading questions asked.

This was after the witness said that Mudavadi ‘must have made a speech’ when Garcia asked him whether or not the former Deputy PM did so.

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